This Random Dozen is Hard!

1. What was the last thing about which you procrastinated?
     It's the thing I always procrastinate about:  cleaning house.
2. How long does it take you to fall asleep, and do you sleep through the night?
    I can usually fall asleep within 15 minutes, unless I'm trying to make myself stay up to watch something on tv.  I usually sleep through the night, unless a noise wakes me up.  I'm a pretty light sleeper, unless I'm really tired.
3. Which decade would you choose to exemplify your favorite fashion styles?
      I have no fashion question.
4. What is your personal best dish to feed a crowd?
    Pan's like a Mexican Lasagna.  Always a hit!
  (I added this after reading Vicky's comment...sorry, didn't even think about adding it earlier!)

  Pan Burritos
2 packages enchilada sauce mix
3 cups water
1 can (12 oz.) tomato paste
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp. pepper
Salt to taste
2 pounds ground beef
9 large flour tortillas (9 inch)
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese or taco cheese
1 can (16 oz.) refried beans, warmed

In a saucepan, combine the first 6 ingredients, simmer for 15-20 minutes.
In a skillet, bronwn the beef.  Drain, stir in 1/3 of the sauce.  Spread another third on the bottom of a greased 13x9x2 inch bakig pan. PLace 3 tortillas over sauce, tearing to fit bottom of pan.  Spoon half of meat mixture over tortillas, sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups cheese.  Add 3 more tortillas.
Spread refried beans over tortillas; top with remaining meat.  Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups of cheese.  Layer remaining tortillas; top with the remaining sauce. 
Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 35-49 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.  Serve with taco sauce, sour cream, chili peppers, chopped onion, and/or guacamole if desired.

5. Are you an impulse shopper? What was the last thing you bought on impulse?
    I used to be, but not so much anymore.  I have no idea what the last thing I bought on impulse was.   (okay, husband...I can hear you laughing!)
6. What is one wish you have for your own funeral?
    That Ave Maria be played by a flutist.
7. If it's true that joy is in found in the simple things in life, what does your joy look like today?
    Summer vacation?  Yes, that's it!
8. What is your favorite type of bread?
    Garlic...with lots and lots of butter and lots and lots of garlic.
9. What trait do you fear developing the most? (Laziness, greediness, grumpiness, etc.)
     Hardheartedness.  I hope I never stop feeling  for the children I work with or see on a daily basis.  Or, for that matter, anyone of any age.
10. What trait would you like most to develop?
      Perseverance.   Although I am persistent in many things that I'm sure people wish I weren't, I would love to be able to persevere in some areas.
11. Which room in your house best reflects your personality? Why?
    The kitchen.  At times it's organized, but at times it's a mess.  It's also in the process of being made over.
12. How do you maintain balance in your life regarding, work, family, church, other organizations and activities, and blogging?
  I've learned to say "no" to some things and to not worry about saying "no".


  1. Yeah, cleaning the house is not a favorite of mine either. I chalk up my dislike to growing up spending Saturdays cleaning. Blech!

  2. I can relate to so many of these. Summer vacation DOES look really good right now!

    LOL about the no fashion style. That would be me. Unless "no style" is actually a style.

  3. Pan burritos sound amazing! Especially for tomorrow's festivities- is there a recipe you would like to post for us???

  4. loved #12~learning that saying "no" was a hard but valuable lesson I learned a few years ago! Have a blessed day!

  5. Amen on the summer vacation...and pan burritos sounds great....thanks for sharing the recipe. It made my mouth water...and it is 5 in the morning. I thought the questions were hard this week too....I loved your number 9 made me cry. As a teacher that would be the worst thing ever. It is scary how much alike we think.

  6. Oh how I wish I could learn to say 'no', what a true talent! good for you!!!
    Love the sound of your pan burritos!

  7. Yum! Thanks for the recipe!

    Garlic bread! I left that one off of my too long list of favorites : )

    Have a great week...Happy Mother's Day!

  8. Yea for the recipe! Thank you! Perhaps we'll have those this evening.

    You always lift the corners of my mouth when you visit my blog. Thank you, Mary!

    Have a great day. Those kids are blessed to have you.

  9. A clean house is overrated. Learning to say no is not overrated. And I totally agree with the hardheartedness thing--scares me to death.

    We're almost there!

  10. Summer vacation definitely equals joy. I can't wait!

    I'd love your pan burrito recipe.

  11. Enjoyed your post as always. Thanks for the recipe that sounds really good. Love your answer to #9. So important for a teacher! And it sounds like you are a great one. Have a great week!
    until next time... nel

  12. procrastination...your house! that made me smile. same here! and there is a whole LOTTA wisdom in your statement about saying no. that's not always easy to do.

  13. Great list! I found a few of today's questions a challenge too! :)

  14. Mmm... I love garlic bread, too.

    Thanks for sharing the pan burrito recipe. Sounds yummy!

    I totally understand about procrastinating cleaning the house. I do it, too!

  15. i made enchiladas tonight with some leftover chorizo and rice I had made earlier in the week :)

    great answers

  16. Thanks for the recipe.... Can't wait to try them out!

  17. You are such a blessed person.
    I love your answers.
    I can NEVER see you being Hardhearted...
    Mine is here
    Nice to meet you.
    Happy Wednesday!
    Wishing you an advance HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

  18. No TV in the bedroom, my husband doesn't like it. So I fall asleep on the couch in my office which is off the bedroom. I don't get to cook with much garlic, it stays with my husband for day :( Recipe sounds awesome, I will have to try it.

  19. Yellow Kitchen...check

    Garlic Bread...check

    saying no and being ok with saying no...Check

    Lots of things in common on this one...check!



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